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What is the meaning of the first Boy Scout badge?

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The first Boy Scout badge, called the World Crest, is in the shape of a fleur-de-lis and symbolizes peace and purity. Its shape is influenced by the north point used on orienteering maps, showing that a scout is able to point the right way in life.

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The three points of the symbol are meant to remind a scout of the three parts of the Boy Scout Oath: duty to God and country, duty to others, and duty to one's self. The eagle on the badge symbolizes freedom and a scout's readiness to defend it. Two stars on the outside points of the trefoil represent truth and knowledge. At the bottom of the badge, the upturned scroll with the Boy Scout motto, "Be Prepared," is meant to remind a scout to do his duty with a smile, while the reef knot below represents the Boy Scout motto of "Do a Good Turn Daily."

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